Shipping industry bodies rejoice over decreased attacks by Somali pirates
… Urge unrelenting anti-piracy measures
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) have, welcomed the recent decrease in the number of attempted and successful attacks against ships by Somalia-based pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean.
These bodies attributed the decrease to a combination of factors, including: the presence of naval forces disrupting pirate operations; implementation of self-protection measures on board merchant ships and better situational awareness of where the threats are; coupled with more effective action ashore in Somalia by the Somali authorities and the international community.
The organisations expressed conviction that the only long-term solution to piracy is to establish effective government and implement the rule of law ashore in Somalia, noting, however, that until that is achieved, there can be no room for complacency.
According to the organisations, any reduction in the level of protection of merchant ships could lead to a resurgence of pirate activities.
The organisations posited that piracy must continue to be suppressed through the visible presence of and robust action by, the world’s navies, consistent with international law.
The organisations urged shipowners, shipping companies, ship operators, masters and crews to continue to take all appropriate and recommended measures to protect their ships and those on board from pirates and armed robbers, through sustained and full implementation of the relevant IMO guidance and industry-developed Best Management Practices for protection against Somalia-based piracy (BMP 4).
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